3 Turkish soldiers, 5 Kurd rebels killed in clash

Turkish troops killed five Kurdish rebels in the southeast in a clash that also left three soldiers dead, the governor's office said Thursday. The fighting erupted in the province of Tunceli late Wednesday as troops tracked down rebels who allegedly wounded a Turkish soldier late Tuesday, private Dogan news agency reported. The troops called for their surrender, but were met with gunfire, leading to the clash that claimed eight lives, said the governor's office Thursday. Turkey is considering a cross-border military operation to root out the PKK bases in neighboring Iraq, but the United States is opposed to such an incursion, fearing it might drag the relatively calm northern part of Iraq into chaos.